Peter Alexander http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19607/all en Network Coverage of ‘Extreme Weather’ Up Nearly 1,000 Percent http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/network-coverage-extreme-weather-nearly-1000-percent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ten years ago ABC, CBS and NBC barely used the phrase, now they go to extremes despite scientific disagreement. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">A “bizarre cold snap” is hitting the U.S. and the media have already begun to draw comparisons to the polar vortex. It is only a matter of time before the networks resume panic over “extreme weather.”</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/network-coverage-extreme-weather-nearly-1000-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers Business and Media Institute Climate Change Environment Media abc Al Gore Al Roker an inconvenient truth Barack Obama cbs Climate Change Dan Harris Diane Sawyer extreme weather Global Warming Joe Bastardi john christy Mark Phillips natural disaster NBC network news Peter Alexander weather events weather reports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:57:06 +0000 julia.seymour 46699 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Alexander Ponders With Wasserman Schultz: ‘What Should the Administration Do Now?’ About Contraception http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-alexander-ponders-wasserman-schultz-what-should-administration-do-now-about-contrace <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday’s&nbsp;<em>Andrea Mitchell Report</em>s on MSNBC, substitute host and NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander gave Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz the floor to sound off on the rulings from the Supreme Court on religious freedom and public employee unions. Not surprisingly, he refused to challenge the DNC Chair or even play devil’s advocate. Nor did Alexander bring on a Republican or conservative guest for the opposing perspective both before or after the segment.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-alexander-ponders-wasserman-schultz-what-should-administration-do-now-about-contrace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Reports Debbie Wasserman Schultz MSNBC Peter Alexander Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:15:54 +0000 curtis.houck 46590 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, CBS Skip Coverage of Boehner’s Obama Lawsuit; NBC Devotes Only 19 Seconds to Story http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-cbs-skip-coverage-boehners-obama-lawsuit-nbc-devotes-only-19-seconds-story <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, NBC’s&nbsp;<em>Today</em>&nbsp;was the only broadcast network morning news show to give coverage to House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama. Today devoted 19 seconds to the story, while both ABC and CBS ignored it completely.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-cbs-skip-coverage-boehners-obama-lawsuit-nbc-devotes-only-19-seconds-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc cbs CBS This Morning Good Morning America John Boehner NBC Peter Alexander Today Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:21:58 +0000 curtis.houck 46563 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Notices Dem Who 'Managed to Offend Democrats, Republicans, Gays, and Southerners All At Once' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-notices-dem-who-managed-offend-democrats-republicans-gays-and-southerners-all-once <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> After all three broadcast networks <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/06/19/all-three-networks-skip-possible-2016-dem-candidates-gaydar-gaffe" target="_blank">initially ignored</a> offensive comments from former Democratic Montana Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Brian Schweitzer claiming outgoing Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/brian-schweitzer-eric-cantor-sets-off-my-gaydar-20140618" target="_blank">set off his "gaydar,"</a> on Friday, NBC's <em>Today</em> took notice of the gaff</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-notices-dem-who-managed-offend-democrats-republicans-gays-and-southerners-all-once" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Schweitzer Eric Cantor Homosexuality NBC Peter Alexander Today Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:02:18 +0000 kyle.drennen 46517 at http://www.mrc.org Only NBC's 'Today' Covers 'Embarrassing' and 'Potentially Dangerous Mistake' by White House http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/only-nbcs-today-covers-embarrassing-and-potentially-dangerous-mistake-white-house <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Tuesday, only NBC's <em>Today</em> reported on the White House accidentally leaking the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, which correspondent Peter Alexander described as "an incredibly embarrassing and actually potentially dangerous mistake." Neither ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> nor <em>CBS This Morning</em> mentioned the administration screw-up that occurred during President Obama's trip to Afghanistan over the weekend to visit the troops.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/only-nbcs-today-covers-embarrassing-and-potentially-dangerous-mistake-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Afghanistan CIA Leak NBC Obama Administration Peter Alexander Today Tue, 27 May 2014 14:48:02 +0000 kyle.drennen 46345 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Fears Colleges Becoming 'Islands of Intolerance' As MSNBC Cheers How Commencement Speakers 'Drop Like Flies' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-fears-colleges-becoming-islands-intolerance-msnbc-cheers-how-commencement-speakers-dr <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> While a Thursday article posted on MSNBC.com <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/05/15/msnbc-cheers-feisty-campus-dissent-forcing-conservative-commencement-s" target="_blank">celebrated college commencement speakers who "drop like flies"</a> due to to "feisty campus dissent," on Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, correspondent Peter Alexander warned: <strong>"On campuses in the last two years, 25 speakers have withdrawn or been disinvited....The growing trend is fueling concern that campuses could become islands of intolerance."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http:/</em></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-fears-colleges-becoming-islands-intolerance-msnbc-cheers-how-commencement-speakers-dr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division College Commencement Speech NBC Peter Alexander Protests Today Fri, 16 May 2014 18:42:06 +0000 kyle.drennen 46279 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Today: Caroline Kennedy 'More Dignitary Than Diplomat' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-today-caroline-kennedy-more-dignitary-diplomat <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Obama began a week-long trip of Asia on Wednesday with a stop in Japan, and NBC's&nbsp;<em>Today</em>&nbsp;dutifully heaped praise on the trip and the American Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. On April 23, Co-host Matt Lauer gushed at the "Historic trip. President Obama&nbsp;greeted by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy as he arrives in Japan this morning. The first state visit by a president there in nearly two decades and Ambassador Kennedy's first major summit in her new role."</p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-today-caroline-kennedy-more-dignitary-diplomat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Caroline Kennedy Matt Lauer NBC Peter Alexander Today Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:11 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46072 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Thrilled Bloomberg Using Fortune for Anti-Gun Push...After Fretting Over Too Much Money in Politics http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-thrilled-bloomberg-using-fortune-anti-gun-pushafter-fretting-over-too-much-money-poli <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In a glowing interview with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the anti-gun activist's latest crusade: <strong>"You're putting $50 million into the effort</strong>....saying essentially this new group is going to borrow a page from the NRA's playbook.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-thrilled-bloomberg-using-fortune-anti-gun-pushafter-fretting-over-too-much-money-poli" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Guns Michael Bloomberg NBC NRA Peter Alexander Savannah Guthrie Today Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:04:47 +0000 kyle.drennen 46016 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Warns: Supreme Court 'Opens the Door Even Wider for Unlimited Money in Politics' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-warns-supreme-court-opens-door-even-wider-unlimited-money-politics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, White House correspondent Peter Alexander decried Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down some campaign finance restrictions: "So just consider this, in just twelve year from the 2000 elections to those in 2012, total campaign spending in this country doubled from $3 billion to $6.3 billion.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-warns-supreme-court-opens-door-even-wider-unlimited-money-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Campaign Finance NBC Peter Alexander Supreme Court Today Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:18:23 +0000 kyle.drennen 45921 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Hypes 'Late Surge' to Make ObamaCare Deadline, Allows a Mere 22 Seconds for New Problems http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hypes-late-surge-make-obamacare-deadline-allows-mere-22-seconds-new-problems <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>All three morning shows on Tuesday hyped an "eye-popping" surge on the final day of ObamaCare sign-ups, but NBC's&nbsp;<em>Today&nbsp;</em>minimized the&nbsp;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/obamacare-website-unavailable-ahead-deadline-enroll-coverage-122359229--sector.html">latest problems</a>&nbsp;for those attempting to meet the deadline. Despite two segments on the topics, the four-hour program covered this angle for a scant 22 seconds.&nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hypes-late-surge-make-obamacare-deadline-allows-mere-22-seconds-new-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Health Care Jon Karl NBC obamacare Peter Alexander Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:02:39 +0000 scott.whitlock 45904 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Shows Flashback of Obama Mocking Romney for Labeling Russia a U.S. 'Foe'; ABC and CBS Ignore http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-shows-flashback-obama-mocking-romney-labeling-russia-us-foe-abc-and-cbs-ignore <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NBC has been the only Big Three broadcast network to look back to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2014/03/01/fnc-shows-flashback-obama-ridiculing-romney-1980s-are-calling-ask-their" target="_blank">President Obama ridiculing Mitt Romney</a> for calling Russia a U.S. "geopolitical foe" in 2012.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-shows-flashback-obama-mocking-romney-labeling-russia-us-foe-abc-and-cbs-ignore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Mitt Romney NBC Peter Alexander Russia Today ukraine Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:56:27 +0000 kyle.drennen 45682 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Spotlights Sotomayor's Stay of ObamaCare's Contraception Mandate; ABC Punts http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-spotlights-sotomayors-stay-obamacares-contraception-mandate-abc-punts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-01-01-CBS-Brown_large.JPG" style="float: right;" width="240" height="134" />CBS stood out as the only Big Three network to devote full coverage to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Tuesday night stay of the federal government's birth control/abortifacient mandate under ObamaCare. As of Thursday morning, <em>CBS This Morning</em> and <em>CBS Evening News</em> devoted three full reports and a news brief to the ruling against the controversial regulation.<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-spotlights-sotomayors-stay-obamacares-contraception-mandate-abc-punts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Bianna Golodryga Catholic Church cbs CBS Evening News CBS This Morning Chip Reid Dan Blomberg Good Morning America HHSMandate Marsha Greenberger NBC NBC Nightly News obamacare Peter Alexander Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court Susan McGinnis Terrell Brown Today Tom Costello World News Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:19:47 +0000 matthew.balan 45216 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Goes Easy on ObamaCare, Downplays Gov't Coercion of Insurers http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-goes-easy-obamacare-downplays-govt-coercion-insurers <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-12-23-NBC-Today-OC.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />NBC's <em>Today</em> softened any criticism of ObamaCare on Monday at the deadline to purchase health coverage for the new year.<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-goes-easy-obamacare-downplays-govt-coercion-insurers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Health Care NBC obamacare Peter Alexander Today Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:14:50 +0000 matt.hadro 45187 at http://www.mrc.org Over 24 Hours, Bad ObamaCare News Vanishes from NBC Coverage http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/over-24-hours-bad-obamacare-news-vanishes-nbc-coverage <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Leading off a report on Monday's NBC <em>Today</em>, White House correspondent Peter Alexander skeptically observed: "The Obama administration says it met its own goal of significantly improving the HealthCare.gov website, but that's the easy part. That's like kind of giving yourself a passing grade." At the end of segment, he noted insurance companies warning of the "logistical nightmare" caused by inaccurate information being entered into the ObamaCare database.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/over-24-hours-bad-obamacare-news-vanishes-nbc-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Williams Chuck Todd NBC obamacare Peter Alexander Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:07:24 +0000 kyle.drennen 45068 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Touts President's 'To-Do List' for Containing Political Damage from ObamaCare http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-presidents-do-list-containing-political-damage-obamacare <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Monday's NBC <em>Today</em>, White House correspondent Peter Alexander lifted talking points directly from an <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/11/15/obama-organizing-for-action-conference-call/3590921/" target="_blank">Organizing for Action email</a> while reporting on the political fallout from ObamaCare: <strong>"With his signature law under fire, the President faces a daunting to-do list to resuscitate ObamaCare.</strong> Number one, fix the website....Number two, clear up confusion....Number three, keep Democratic allies on board....And finally, regain Ame</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-presidents-do-list-containing-political-damage-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama NBC obamacare Peter Alexander Today Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:53:47 +0000 kyle.drennen 44970 at http://www.mrc.org